Thursday, 30 Apr, 2009 Health & Fitness

British Parents Are Asked Not To Sleep With Their Babies

British specialists warn parents that sleeping in the same bed with their baby can be dangerous for for the latter. The warning was made public after reseachers studied a set of sudden baby deaths.

In the period between 2005 and 2008 in London and the regions surrounding it 173 unexpected deaths of babies were registered, 85 of them took place when the baby fell asleep in the same bed with an adult. In the majority of cases, the cause of death was suffocation.

According to the specialists of the Fund of Studies upon Baby Deaths, babies should sleep in a baby bed near their parents' bed, especially if they were prematurely born or born with an insufficient body weight.

This warning also specifies that the most dangerous sleep for a baby is when they sleep in the same bed with an adult who had consumed alcohol, calming and sleeping pills, as well as who smoked or who is very tired.

This means that the warning of the fund contradicts the opinion of many paediatrists, first published by the well-known authors of "The Baby Book" (William and Martha Sears), who are sure that sleepig in the same bed with parents creates the necessary emotional contact between the mother and the baby.

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